Why and How to Easily Replace ASUS Laptop Hard Drive with SSD?

Posted by @Ivy

September 14, 2017

Replacing ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD hard drive is a great choice to gain a peak read and write performance. Here, we’ll show you everything you need to know.

ASUS laptop hard drive replacement 

Before saying the replacement hard drive for ASUS laptop, let's see a scenario first.

An ASUS laptop user wants to install SSD hard drive as the boot drive and use the default 1 TB HDD hard drive as storage.

After seeing it, you may want to get the reason why he wants to replace ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD and merely use the HDD as storage. We can see it from following aspects:

1. The speed of HDD and SSD

Compared with HDDs, SSDs can access to your computer much faster. At the same time, SSDs are able to provide a higher read and write performance when you load files or folders etc. HDDs can meet the needs of most home users. However, to a high-tech talent, it's not good enough. So they are possible to replace ASUS laptop hard drive with SSDs. With SSDs, they can execute multiple tasks at the same time much more conveniently and faster.

2. The security of HDD and SSD

In contrast, SSDs own a greater security than HDDs. Because SSDs does not have any removable parts internally. Vice versa, HDDs have. Thus, SSDs can reduce the possibility of losing data to the most extent. To ensure the security of all data, upgrading HDDs to SSDs seems to be a great choice. 

3. The capacity of HDD and SSD

You may know, HDDs are famous for its large capacity and low price. You can save a lot of files, folders, applications etc into HDDs as you like. But you can not do that in SSDs. Because when you buy both types of hard drive with the same capacity, you will find that the SSDs are much more expensive than HDDs. It's not wise for you to buy SSDs as storage, thus, most of the users will be willing to use SSDs as the boot drive and use HDDs as storage.

How to easily replace ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD?

There are two methods to upgrade hard drive on ASUS laptop with SSDs, we will show you as follow.

1. Backup your old hard disk to external hard drive and restore the image to new SSD.

2. Directly replacing ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD

From above, we can get that if you select the first method, you are required to execute both backup and restore operations while the second method only need to perform one operation. In theory, the second one will be much simpler.

Now, let's continue to see below, and find the fact.

Method 1: Backup and restore disk with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a third-party tool which is designed for Windows system, including ASUS laptop, HP laptop, Lenovo laptop etc. If your computer only has one slot, you can backup the entire disk to an external hard drive (SSD) first, and then restore it. However, if your computer has two slots, you can directly replace ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD. Then, I will show you both methods one by one. 

Before you start to perform any operation, please prepare all things needed, including an external hard drive, a new SSD hard drive, a backup and restore software

To backup ASUS laptop hard drive with AOMEI Backupper

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.

Step 2: Plug your external hard drive (SSD) , and select Disk Backup

Disk Backup

Step 3: Click Add to mount one or more disk you want to backup and select a path you plan to save the disk. Then click Start Backup to finish the operation.

Select Disk and Location

Of course, you can click the disk and delete subsequently to remove the disk you do not want to backup. At the bottom of the window, you can see Backup Options, Schedule and Scheme. If you need, you can click it and set up your task.

Restore with AOMEI Backupper

Before restoring your backup, you are supposed to install your new SSD hard drive into the laptop. You can do as follow:

1. Free up the laptop back cover with screwdrivers.

2. Place the screws in the small box.

3. Plug the plastic card in the gap, twist and move it to take off the cover. To ensure the security, you would better unplug its battery.

4. Free up the hard drive frame with screwdrivers again and replace it with the SSD.

5. Install all stuff to their previous locations.

6. Turn on the laptop and restore your previous backup.

Step 1: plug your external hard drive and Select a task, then click Next

Select A Task

Step 2: Select a backup time point you would like to restore and click Next

Select Backup Point

Step 3: Select the disk 1 you backup before and click Next.

Select Disk Image

Step 4: Select your new SSD hard drive as destination disk and click Next.

Select New SSD Hard Drive

Step 5: After step 4, you will receive a message like below. The window is to advise you to back up important data on destination disk, because the content on destination disk will be deleted after the operation finishes. If you already have a backup for destination disk, click Yes to enter next step.

Yes

Step 6: Now, you can see the Operation Summary of Source Disk and Destination Disk. Next, click the checkbox before Align partition to Optimize SSD ( when you choose this option, it could accelerate the outputting and inputting speed during the restore process) and Start Restore subsequently. It's the last step of restore, when this step finishes, you succeed in replacing ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD.

The Operation Summary of Replacing ASUS Laptop Hard Drive with SSD

Method 2: Directly cloning ASUS laptop hard drive with AOMEI Backupper

Step 1:Plug your new SSD hard drive and make sure it can be recognized by the laptop, then select Disk Clone

Disk Clone

Step 2: Select your previous hard drive(eg: disk 1) and click Next to enter next step

Select Source Disk

Step 3: Select your new SSD hard drive as Destination disk and click Next.

Select The New SSD Hard Drive as Destination

Step 4: Now, this is the last step of disk clone. In this window, you can see the Operation Summary of your previous disk and new SSD hard drive.

The Operation Summary of Replacing ASUS Laptop Hard Drive with SSD 1

Notice:

If you want a better outputting and inputting speed, please remember to tick the check box before Align partition to optimize for SSD at the bottom of this window.

After all the cloning process finishes, then continue to install your SSD hard drive as follow.

1. Free up the laptop back cover with screwdrivers.

2. Place the screws in the small box.

3. Plug the plastic card in the gap, twist and move it to take off the cover. To ensure the security, you would better unplug its battery.

4. Free up the hard drive frame with screwdrivers again and replace it with the SSD.

5. Install all stuff to their previous locations.

6. Turn on the laptop and use it.

Summary

1. As long as you choose one method and follow the step, you can succeed in replacing ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD hard drive. But if you try both two methods, you can clearly get that the second one is much easier. The first one is more complex, because you have to do two operations. At the same time, you still need another external hard drive, aside by new SSD. Thus, whether from the steps of upgrading ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD or the costs of both methods, the second one will be a better choice.

2. Aside by above functions, AOMEI Backupper can still provide other functions, such as File Sync, partition backup, system clone etc. If you want more advanced functions, you can upgrade to professional version and try it.